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Ursula V. Battle

Stories by Ursula V.

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Maryland State Arts Council Presents

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Baltimore Sixth District Councilwoman Sharon Middleton: A Woman Who Makes The Most of Her Opportunities

Opportunities seem to always come Sharon Middleton’s way and the Baltimore Sixth District Councilwoman has always managed to make the most of them.

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Johns Hopkins Holds 38th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Commemoration

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...This is the inter-related structure of reality.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Meet Bessie Elizabeth Harding:110 Years Old And Still Going Strong!

"She’s spry, has a sense of humor that will tickle any funny bone, encourages others, and has an amazing memory. Not bad, considering Harding recently celebrated her 110th birthday in November."

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Macy’s and Clothes4Souls Distributes 500 Coats

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, members shopped with two-time Super Featherweight and Golden Gloves Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Tammy Rivera Malphurs of VH-1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

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A Story That Began 50 Years Ago: BCCC Virgie Williams

Nearly 50 years later, Williams still works in the library of her Alma Mater. She serves as Assistant Director and Head of Circulation of the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Library. She will retire from BCCC on January 1, 2020.

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Communications Class Takes Morgan Students Straight To The Top

“The role of the university is not to produce just practitioners,” said Dr. Marshall. “The role of education is to get students to think about their role in the world, and do something on their own personal convictions. It empowers them to move democracy forward.”

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Vaile Leonard To Open Two New Houses For Women In Recovery

A LOT to be Thankful For

Founded by Leonard, LTC provides residential therapeutic treatment for women recovering from addictions. Women living in the homes work on a self-improvement plan while living as a family unit to support their own and each other’s recovery process. The homes have been credited with helping dozens of women overcome drug addiction.

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12 Outstanding Individuals Honored For Their Work In The Community

The Positive People Awards, presented by The Baltimore Times and Times Community Services, Inc. was held at Horseshoe Casino on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Photos by Gar Roberts.

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KIPP Academy Surprised With Donation To Support Sports Programs

Mission Tiger and Ed Reed help to level playing field

Mission Tiger middle school sports projects such as the one at KIPP Ujima Village are fulfilled by DonorsChoose. Mission Tiger has helped more than 161,000 kids nationwide get better access to sports by funding middle school sports programs in need.

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One-On-One With Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Part II

“My overall vision is to reduce crime and clean up the city,” said Mayor Young. “There are areas that are filthy, people want potholes filled, and there are a host of other things on the books that people want done. It’s a sense of urgency. If people see things being done, they don’t complain. I want to do all I can to move this city forward."

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Breast Cancer Survivor Making A ScRUMtious Living

Watson took one of her rum cakes to a Bridal Shower and after it was gone in three minutes, she knew she was onto something. She decided to start her own rum cake business, The Rum Cake Kitchen.” Watson posted a picture of her rum cake on Facebook and started getting messages from people asking where they could get one. She made a couple more rum cakes for people who requested one and from there, things took off. In less than a year business has been “sweet” for Watson.

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Novartis Returns With Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Reflecting back on the diagnosis that changed her life, dancer Maggie Kudirka said, “I found a lump in February 2014, and it grew to the size of a grapefruit. Then, I started having sternum pain. I was only 23 at the time, and thought it was just a dance injury. In May 2014, I went to see a doctor and from there it snowballed into my diagnosis. It was a big learning experience for me to find out it was incurable and would be a part of the rest of my life.”

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Rev. Daniel C. Worthy Honored For Work At Forest Park Senior Center

Rev. Daniel C. Worthy, former executive director of the Forest Park Senior Center was honored on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Second Annual Appreciation Brunch, which was sponsored by the Forest Park Senior Center Bible Study class, taught by Pastor Norenzer White. Rev. Worthy was presented with a “Certificate of Achievement” for “Outstanding Service and Appreciation.” (Left-right): Paula Middleton, Rev. Daniel C. Worthy, and Vashtied Brown.

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You Had Better ‘Mind Your Business’ at Coppin on Saturday, October 5th

Are you an entrepreneur or want to become one?

If someone told you to mind your business, you might think they were being smart. But if you are already an entrepreneur or are seeking to become one, a “smart” move would be to “Mind your Business.” That’s the title of an exciting, free event designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs, creative industry organizations and DIY (Do It Yourself) businesses.

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Chart-Topping Gospel Artist Anthony Brown Honored At His Alma Mater

Seated at a piano on the stage of Morgan State University’s Recital Hall, gospel singer Anthony Brown of Anthony Brown & group therAPy, was asked what advice he would give to students faced with student debt and other challenges.

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From The Young And the Restless To The Rich And The Ruthless

Bringing more meltdowns, mischief and masterful manipulation, Victoria Rowell’s Daytime Emmy nominated soap opera comedy series “The Rich and the Ruthless” returned for a third season on UMC (Urban Movie Channel). Season Three of the series followed the cast as they prepared for their “Destination: Nowhere” cruise to thank their loyal soap fans with some exclusive, over-the-top entertainment.

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Liberty Elementary School Staff ‘Granting’ Brighter Futures For Their Students

Under the leadership of Joseph Manko, Liberty Elementary School #64 located on Maine Avenue in Northwest Baltimore has received an estimated $6 million dollars in grant money to support students, staff and the community. Quite an amazing accomplishment given the fact that Manko and his staff have been able to do it without a paid professional grant writer.

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Stacy Brown's New Book Provides Insight Into Cosby, M.J., & O.J.’s Courtroom Battles

Author details famous celebrity trials in new book

Brown, who is a native of New York, is also the co-author of Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway and her son, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask, An Insider's Account of the King of Pop.

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Arlington Elementary Starts New School Year With New Look

Arlington is among the 21st Century Schools, which opened in Baltimore this week. On August 28, 2019, a Ribbon-Cutting Celebration was held at Arlington Elementary School. The event also included tours of the school, and was attended by city and state officials, students and their families, alumni, current and former staff, and members of the community.

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Get Ready To ‘Fall’ With Greenleaf Another Season

Hit MegaChurch Drama Back On OWN

Greenleaf takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.

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Baltimore’s Own Kelli Ferrell Is Cooking Up Success

A Recipe For Success: In a bowl, combine high fashion, beauty, a warm personality, a radiant smile and a passion for cooking delicious food. Mix them all together, and what do you have? Kelli Ferrell.

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Comcast Closing Digital Divide By Opening More Doors Of Eligibility

A Chicago mother whose children had to use her cell phone at McDonalds to access the Internet; a Miami mother who had to use the Internet at a library to complete her homework. These were among the real-life stories David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal highlighted in announcing the company’s largest ever expansion of its Internet Essentials Program.

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Prescribing An Innovative Remedy To Improving The Health Of West Baltimore

The UM PATIENTS Program

“My vision is that we would have such an impact on West Baltimore, that it would be a model to the nation,” said Dr. Mullins. “Through research, we want to make West Baltimore one of the healthiest, vibrant communities in the nation.”

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The PATIENT Program’s Gail Graham Helping To Fight HIV and AIDS Through Education and Awareness

“I attended a planning group meeting and brought it up there,” said Graham. “About six months later, I went to my doctor’s appointment, and the receptionist asked if I had heard the name of the clinic had been changed to ‘Thrive’. I was immediately in tears.”

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Baltimore Author Shares ‘Her-story’ In Two New Books

A Crowning Achievement

Homelessness, domestic violence, losing her children, an addiction to marijuana, low self-esteem and anger problems were among the issues that Ashley Tate has faced over the course of her life. The 29-year-old has taken her tumultuous experiences and packaged them into two books that she hopes will help other young mothers avoid the pitfalls she encountered. Tate is the author of #CROWNED A Spiritual Journey Guide and #CROWNED I Promise Never To Be Broken Again.

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Joint Conference Of Catholic Religious In Baltimore July 20-25

Founded by Mother Mary Lange, The Oblate Sisters of Providence was created to allow black women to enter religious life in the Catholic Church.

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Ready! Set! Read!

Sixth Annual Book Fair At Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young was among the volunteer readers for the Sixth Annual Scholastic Book Fair recently held at William Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School located on Gold Street in the Sandtown-Winchester community. Every student at the school was provided with “Scholastic Books Bucks” to purchase books.

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Local Coffeehouse Offers More Than A 9-to-5 ‘Grind’

In Baltimore, there is a local coffeehouse that is ‘brewing’ up much more than the popular hot beverage— CUPS (Creating Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse. Located at 1301 N. Broadway Street, CUPS Coffeehouse works directly with Project I CAN (PIC), a program of Fusion Partnerships, to provide workforce training, and development for youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 living in Baltimore City.

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More Than A Fraction: Author’s Ancestral Research ‘Adds Up’ To One Amazing Story

“It took me two years to write the book,” said Dr. Moseley-Hobbs. “The goal of the book is to make those who were enslaved, people instead of props. Some of our favorite movies have the same storyline – that slaves woke up, suffered, and slept. I took the documentation that was available and used it to present them as people.”

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Kamari Johnson Selected For 2019 Amplify Scholarship

Heading to Morgan State University

Johnson was selected for iMentor and KIPP’s First 2019 Amplify Scholarship. He will receive a unique combination of financial support and mentoring during his four-year collegiate experience, which includes a mentor to provide ongoing support throughout college. He will also receive financial support totaling approximately $15,000 a year to cover a range of non-tuition needs.

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Proud Mom Watches Bernard Young Take Oath of Office

Just In Time For Mother’s Day

Hundreds packed into the War Memorial Building on N. Gay Street on Thursday, May 9, 2019 to see Bernard C. “Jack” Young take the Oath of Office as the 51st Mayor of Baltimore City. Among them was Ida M. Rather, mother of the city’s newest mayor. “I am so proud of my son,” said Rather who witnessed the special moment a few days shy of Mother’s Day. “I thank God for all of my children. All of them are my favorites. I thank God for allowing me to see what I have witnessed here today.”

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‘The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift I Could Have Ever Received’

50 Years Later, Father and Daughter To Unite

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Series on the making of a Surprise 50-year reunion between Arthur Shepard and his daughter Brenda Sawyer. The father and daughter found one another through Ancestry.com and Facebook. Part 2 of the series will conclude next week with the result of the Surprise Reunion, which is taking place on the evening of Friday, May 10, 2019.

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Hundreds Volunteer To Help Revitalize Collington Square

Comcast Holds 18th Annual Comcast Cares Day

Now in its 18th year, Comcast Cares Day is one of the largest corporate commitments to volunteerism and service in America. To date, more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over 6 million service hours to improve local communities at more than 10,000 projects.

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An AMAZON Opportunity For KIPP Baltimore

School Among 100 Nationally To Be Awarded Robotics Grant

KIPP Baltimore is among 100 schools across 21 states who will receive an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant. As a grant recipient, KIPP Baltimore will receive support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher professional development to learn about robotics; $10,000 from Amazon to expand access to computer science education in their school; and a tour of a local Amazon Fulfillment Center.

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Taking on ‘Big C’ and Looking for a Knockout

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Travis

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Travis is in the ring with an opponent nicknamed “The Big C” (Cancer), and she is determined to deliver a knockout blow.

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Baltimore City Students Share Views On Violence Through Creativity

Sponsored by The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Violence Prevention Program, the event was held April 10, 2019, during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, This year’s Art Against Violence theme was “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” Featured artwork promoted themes of anti-violence, youth against violence, strength, resilience, and collective justice and healing.

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If Your Central Baltimore Community Needs Sprucing Up, CBP Is Willing To Give Helping Hand

Does your neighborhood need some sprucing up? Perhaps there is a building you believe could use a fresh, inviting façade or a coat of paint? Maybe, a vacant lot across the way could use a community garden. Whatever that sprucing up might entail, the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) Community Spruce-Up program could be just the ‘helping hand’ you need to beautify your community.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Porgy & Bess April 11 - 14, 2019

Music Director Marin Alsop and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present a semi-staged production of Gershwin’s classic American opera Porgy and Bess with the Morgan State University Choir. Performances will be held April 11, 2019 through April 14, 2019.

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D.C.’s Glamourina Apparel Company Is ‘Hitting The Mark’ With Activewear

Who says you can’t work out, be chic and comfortable, and fashionably celebrate your cultural ancestry? Glamourina, that’s who. Founded by Kia Phillips and Nekol Gaskins, Glamourina is an active apparel brand that is ‘running’ towards changing the athletic industry with its unique cultural activewear for all body types.

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The Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies Inc.: A Rich Legacy Of Serving Children And Youth Since 1955

Margaret Turner, 90, has been a member of the group for 65 years. Since its inception in 1955, the Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Incorporated has planned and implemented many educational programs in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County Public Schools through their Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: Health, Education, Employment, and Recreation (H.E.E.R.) where they provide recreation activities such as yoga and hula-hoop for the students. Turner who recently celebrated a birthday, was born on March 1,1929. A retired educator, she also writes poetry.

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First African American Woman Speaker Pro Tem Receives House’s Highest Award

Delegate Adrienne Jones Continues To Write ‘Herstory’

The award recognizes House Delegates who serve with integrity and a focus on public service, and is the highest award given to sitting House members. "I don't do things to be honored. I do things because it's the right thing to do," said Jones. "My emphasis has always been to do what's best for those in the 10th Legislative District who have sent me to Annapolis to serve."

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The ‘I AM MENtality’ Youth Mentoring Program

Investing In Tomorrow’s Black Men Today

I AM MENtality, is a free program, and offers group, peer-to-peer, individual and virtual mentoring that helps male youth with overcoming environmental challenges presented in some Baltimore communities. I AM MENtality serves approximately 100 youth, and is operated out of the Liberty Recreation Center located at 3901 Maine Avenue in Baltimore City.

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Angela Wilson’s Tears Of The Soul Production Looks At Memphis Sanitation Strike

On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage collectors, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck. Twelve days later, frustrated by the city’s response to the latest event in a long pattern of neglect and abuse of its black employees, 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike.

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Helping Make The City More Attractive, Safe And Vibrant

Central Baltimore Partnership

Formed in 2006, the Central Baltimore Partnership’s mission is to galvanize the renaissance of Central Baltimore. It pursues its mission by partnering with neighborhood organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, businesses and government agencies.

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Columbia, Maryland’s Brynn Williams Lands ‘Sweet Role’

Williams is among the cast of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which played at the Hippodrome Theatre January 22, 2019 through Sunday, January 27, 2019. The production was a part of the 2018/19 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series.

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CBP Names Program After Minority-Business Advocate And Pioneer

The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund

Following the death of Ackneil M. Muldrow, II, the longtime businessman was remembered as “a tireless advocate for uplifting and empowering African Americans.” Muldrow’s long and storied business career included serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Credit Fund, Inc. Muldrow served as chief administrator of a $7.5 million loan pool formulated to provide low cost financial assistance to minority-owned businesses operating in the State of Maryland.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Nakeia L. Drummond: The Woman At The WELL

Last fall, Drummond launched The WELL (The Women Entrepreneur Leadership Lab), a network that will foster collaboration, community and confidence for black woman-owned businesses.

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Black Tie Affair Raises Nearly $10,000

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, WISEorg, Inc., (Women’s Inspirational Self-Empowerment), held its first ever Golden Gala at The Park in Washington, D.C. where an estimated 300 people danced, ate and mingled— all in the name of supporting women struggling with mental illness.

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Motorcross Athlete Chino Braxton Pays Surprise Visit To B-360 Students

Chino Braxton began riding dirt bikes at age six in Baltimore. Today, he is a highly sought-after motorcross athlete with an endorsement from Under Armor. He was born and raised in Baltimore City. He grew up in the Reisterstown Road area near Park Heights. Now 21, he recently made a surprise visit to students in B-360 Baltimore, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities.

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